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The knife chat, expensive vs. cheap, French vs. German, all silly, the proper concern is about the edge. The solution, Tormec, (the proper yuppie rendering at about $400) or Mikita, or even Delta, wet grinders. The Tormec inludes a (leather covered) honing wheel. With only a little practice you can make almost any steel scary sharp, and touching up the mashed edges from running the knife into your Viking shouldn't consume more than a hour or so a year. Ours sits in the living room, with gismos to sharpen jointer an planer blades, lath tools, plane blades, surgical implements. You need tolerant mate for that trick.